In ceremonies on Thursday evening, March 20, Professor Tom Smith, a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Romania and Visiting Professor at the National University of Music, was awarded the “National Music Award,” the Romanian equivalent of the American “Grammy Award,” by the Romanian National Radio. This was the first year that a National Music Award was given in the category of jazz, adding special significance to the fact that Smith is the first American ever to receive the prestigious and coveted award. During the award ceremonies, which were broadcast countrywide on Romanian National Radio, Professor Smith conducted the National Radio Big Band and performed several trombone pieces himself.
Smith’s award and the National Radio Big Band performance were widely covered in the Romanian press. Both in his teaching activities at the National University of Music, Romania’s premier center for music and
musicological studies, and with his more than twenty major concerts for national television and radio in the last six months, Smith has caused quite a splash on the jazz and entertainment scene in Romania. Smith is a Professor and the Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.
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